Alumni/Alumnae Council

The HDS Alumni/Alumnae Council (AAC) works with alumni volunteers and School leadership to create community among HDS alumni, build bridges between graduates and the HDS campus, and to connect Divinity School alumni to the University-wide Harvard Alumni Association (HAA). The AAC also serves as an advisory board to the School, as needed by the Dean or other members of the HDS faculty and administration.

Below are the AAC members for 2017–18.

Chairperson

Margaret R. Rose, MDiv ’79 (Rye, NY)

Vice-Chairperson

Quardricos B. Driskell, MTS ’08 (Alexandria, VA)

Alumni Representatives

Representatives with terms ending on June 30, 2018:

  • Susan O. Hayward, MDiv ’07 (Washington, DC)
  • Sejal H. Patel, MTS ’14 (San Francisco, CA)
  • Mary Roodkowsky, MTS ’77 (Pittsboro, NC)
  • Yasmeen Shaheen-McConnell, MTS ’13 (New York, NY)

Representatives with terms ending on June 30, 2019:

  • H. Bernard Campbell II, MTS ’88 (Tampa, FL)
  • John D. Coggin, MTS ’11 (Raleigh, NC)
  • Celene Ibrahim, MDiv ’11 (Brookline, NH)
  • Bjorn C. Sorenson, MTS ’02 (Jersey City, NJ)

Representatives with terms ending on June 30, 2020:

  • Shamir Allibhai, MTS ’09 (San Francisco, CA)
  • Michelle B. Goldhaber, MDiv ’05 (Newton Lower Falls, MA)
  • Matthew B. Hoyt, MTS ’99 (Elk Grove, CA)
  • Arleigh Prelow, MDiv ’13 (Cambridge, MA)

School Appointed Directors to the HAA

Ex-officio members of the AAC

  • Gloria E. White-Hammond, MDiv ’97 (Dorchester, MA)
    Serving an HAA term through June 30, 2019
  • Julia Whitcavitch-DeVoy, MTS ’94 (Newton, MA)
    Serving an HAA term through June 30, 2020

Student Representative

To be named

Staff

Michael E. Goetz, EdM ’15, associate director of development, annual giving and alumni relations; ex-officio member of the AAC

HDS Voices

Devaka Premawardhana, MDiv '05, PhD candidate

Christianity has long haunted the study of world religions, but today Christianities no longer lurk in the shadows of the world or of world religions. In response to Christianity's new demography, the field of world Christianity has arisen. Its most engaging studies attend to the ways in which the everyday experiences of nonelites defy conventional understandings of religion, conversion, and identity.
—Devaka Premawardhana, PhD candidate in religion and anthropology, Harvard University

'Christianity Becomes Unfamiliar,' Harvard Divinity Bulletin